Without a doubt you must have come across moms that swear by buying organic food and won’t feed their family anything but organic. So what’s with the hype and is there anything to it?
Organic food is simply food that has been grown without using any pesticides, man-made fertilizers, livestock feed additives, growth regulators or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
Here’s what you need to know about organic food and the benefits of buying organic food for your family.
Organic Food Is Safer and Healthier
There is no proof that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. However one thing that can’t be disputed is that organic food is safer to eat and will lead to you being in better health and able to absorb more healthy nutrients from your food.
Having food that is free from all those dangerous hormones and pesticides is sure to be beneficial to your health. Pesticides are poison, they have been created to kill insects and diseases!
Pesticides have been linked to some of the serious health issues we face – cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, birth defects, asthma, learning and developmental disorders, and reproductive and sexual dysfunction.
Consider the fact that your baby or child is still developing and needs the best possible nutrition to grow and develop – conventional farming methods that make use of pesticides and chemicals clearly is not the best option for a growing child.
Something that is becoming very popular now is organic manure rather than using harmful synthetic fertilizers. This sounds like a much better option for myself and for my family.
Organic Food Is Safer For Future Generations
Research has shown that the chemicals from pesticides and other pollutants cross the placenta making this a real concern for pregnant women and their unborn babies.
There are many studies that have linked birth defects, low birth weight, autism, cancer, disrupted hormone function and neurological and behavioral problems.
As mentioned already pesticides have been linked to infertility problems in men and women.
If you want to increase your chances of falling pregnant and of having a healthy baby then going for organic foods is certainly a great choice to make.
Organic Food Protects Animals, the Water and the Environment
By buying organic food you are choosing to support organic farming methods that protect the environment. While this may not have a direct impact on you or your family right at this minute take a moment to think about the complete picture.
Organic food keeps our water clean. When pesticides and other chemicals are used they are not just limited to the farm they are used on. Water run off from farms that make use of pesticides spreads these pollutants into lakes, dams, rivers and the ocean.
Organic farms do not pollute the water, keeping out water safe.
To take this even further pesticides that are in our water affect the world’s wild life – fish, animals and birds all suffer from this.
While organic farming is focused more around the way that animals are fed and the medical treatment that they receive studies have shown that livestock from organic farming are more likely to be treated better.
Organic Farming Uses Less Fossil Fuels
Organic farming conserves fossil fuels due to the fact that organic farming uses less fossil fuels that conventional farming does. Organic farming uses 30 less water and energy for the same amount of produce as conventional farming.
Using fewer non-renewable resources will save money and reduce global warming. Organic farming is a more sustainable farming method.
Organic Produce Is Tastier
Organic produce tastes real and natural due to the fact that there are no artificial preservatives added to the food to keep it fresher for longer. Organic food does not sit on the shelf as long which means you will get a fresher product with a much better taste.
Organic Food Is More Cost Effective
Organic farming is more labor intensive. Yes, it is true that organic food on the face of it is more expensive however if you are comparing the cost of apples, an apple from an organic farm and an apple from a conventional farm are not the same thing.
We are talking about your long term health and the health of your children. Is eating a “cheaper” apple from a conventional farm really going to save you money long term when you consider the possible health problems this could cause your children or yourself? We are talking about the health of the planet for your children and grandchildren to enjoy many years down the line. That is a bit hard to put a price tag on isn’t it?
Organic produce is getting cheaper as the demand for it grows and businesses are trying to meet the need and come out with better prices. The more everyone chooses to buy organic the more the market will cater for it.
Considering all of the above facts it is hard to ignore the benefits of buying organic food. Organic food is better for you and your family. If you are buying baby food look for food made from organic vegetables or even better consider making your own baby food from organic foods.
Eating organic foods and staying away from conventional farming products as well as processed foods will play a massive role in your health and the health of your children.
Do you buy organic food and what are your challenges to buying organic?
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Also published on Medium.